To ensure that healthcare facilities can efficiently respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) continues to carry out its COVID-19 preparedness and response with six strategies. The six strategies are as follows:
1. Expanding testing capacity: A national testing network has been established to improve Taiwan’s testing capacity. The strategy allows the maximum testing capacity per day to reach 3,800 specimen tests, and COVID-19 testing to be conducted in different areas to reduce wait time for test results.
2. Community surveillance: A community specimen surveillance program and protocols of different levels of care for patients have been implemented to enhance community surveillance network.
3. Expanding hospital capacity: Plans for healthcare preparedness in the designated emergency response hospitals and wards have been implemented, in four phases, to improve national health care capacity.
4. Taking inventory of clinical beds: Health agencies constantly keep track of available beds for severe cases of COVID-19.
5. Requisitioning facilities: The strategy aims to increase the number of designated sites for group quarantine.
6. Patient diversion and transfers: The principles for the diversion, ward segregation and transport of COVID-19 patients have been made to ensure appropriate care is given to patients.